Which Program is Right for Me?

Students in W&M’s Masters in Public Policy program enroll in one of two tracks, the Public Policy Analysis track or the International Development and Policy track. The differences between the two tracks are summarized in the table below.

Public Policy Analysis (PPA)
International Development and Policy (IDP)
Creation and evaluation of U.S. Public Policy at the local, state, and federal level Creation and evaluation of public policies in developing economies and international contexts
Track-Specific Courses
  • PUBP550: Macroeconomics for Policy Analysis
  • Comparative Legal Systems
  • Global Political Environments
  • International Development Policy
Other Requirements
10-week policy-based internship 10-week policy-based internship -- must be with non-U.S.organization for domestic students
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PPA Curriculum IDP Curriculum

Students in both tracks will take the same Common Core courses:

  • PUBP500: Mathematics for Policy Analysis
  • PUBP590: Policy in Practice
  • PUBP602-603: Quantitative Methods I & II
  • PUBP604: Microeconomics for Policy Analysis
  • PUBP609: Ethics and Public Policy
  • PUBP610: Policy Research Seminar
  • PUBP612: Public Management and Organizational Behavior

We offer joint degree programs with a number of different graduate programs at W&M. These joint degree programs are open to students in either the PPA or the IDP track. Joint degree programs allow students to complete two graduate degrees concurrently in less time than would be required to complete each degree separately.